Store owner stays put for Hurricane Michael

Mindy Sparks
October 11, 2018

Hurricane Michael became a Category 3 storm with 120 miles per hour maximum sustained winds on October 9.

Residents of barrier islands, mobile homes and low-lying coastal areas in the Big Bend area received mandatory evacuation orders Monday.

"All indications are that it's going to be severe, " said Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer, adding that if the storm hits Florida's capital, there would be significant tree damage and power outages.

Michael threatens to become the most the most intense hurricane to hit the Florida panhandle since 1851, according to Philip Klotzbach, a meteorologist at Colorado State University.

The Republican governor, who is campaigning for a US Senate seat in the November congressional elections, warned of the potential for a deadly storm surge that could be as much as 12 feet (3.7 meters) above normal sea water levels.

"This is a part of the Gulf of Mexico that is incredibly vulnerable to storm surge", Graham said.

More than 20 counties have been ordered to evacuate as the Category 2 storm continues to gain strength and has already disrupted oil production in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency had numerous teams deployed and ready to respond, said FEMA spokesman Jeff Byard.

Currently, Michael is located 295 miles south of Panama City, Florida, and 270 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola, Florida.

A hurricane warning is in effect for the Florida Gulf coast from the border of Florida and Alabama to Suwanee River, Florida. Lines at gasoline stations grew as people left.

Here are some other facts that show the power of this "monstrous storm".

Michael is expected to be the strongest hurricane, based on wind speeds, to make landfall in the continental USA since Irma in September of past year.

Petro says the problems with Michael will be compounded since the storm is coming just weeks after Hurricane Florence.

Torrential downpours could produce "life-threatening flash flooding", the NHC said, from the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend region into portions of the Carolinas through Thursday. However, forecasters always note it is not possible to say where a hurricane will land until it is closer to the coast. "#Michael could be one of the worst hurricanes to ever strike the Florida Big Bend/Florida Panhandle region", he warned. It would head off the Mid-Atlantic coast by Friday, the NHC said.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal on Tuesday issued a state of emergency declaration for 92 counties in the state. A catastrophic event is expected on the Florida coast, where storm surges could reach 8-12 feet.

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